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Mary Cleary, President & CEO


Mary Cleary

Ms. Mary Cleary began her career as a professional placement consultant for an international search and staffing firm, where she was rapidly promoted to Branch Manager, and later Managing Director for several locations. Mary was chosen to be the first female in the Executive training program for ITT in New York and later opened ITT's Boston office. Due to her success and loyalty in the search and staffing industry, her clientele advised her to start her own company. In 1981, she founded her own firm, Cleary Consultants, Inc., and since that time she has survived three recessions and has demonstrated an unparalleled record of success in satisfying the needs of Fortune 1000 companies; state and government agencies, including the Central Artery/Tunnel Project; top universities; and medical and non-profit institutions.

Honor Circle recipient of more than 50 National Achievement Awards, Mary is an internationally recognized authority in the search and staffing industry and frequently featured as an expert by several television programs, radio and print media, such as the Boston Sunday Globe and the Boston Business Journal. Recently she has been sought out as a guest speaker and authority on the economy and business trends by Eastern Bank in conjunction with Inc. Magazine. She has been selected and listed as an Honored Member of Who’s Who in US Executive and National Register’s of Who’s Who in Executive Professionals. Mary was also a recipient of the “Aristeon Award” given by H.A.W.C. to prominent women internationally who portray exceptional leadership roles in their communities, the nation in terms of policy issues, as well as their professional fields of endeavor.

In addition to her professional career, Mary is highly active in public service and is a tireless charity fundraiser. She has lectured for various organizations and has served on several executive boards and an active member and past member of the Chamber of Commerce, NAFE, MAPS, NAPS, AHI, Helicon and OCAMPR to name a few. She is currently the Vice President of the Massachusetts Association of Personnel Services in Boston. She is the founder, past president and currently acts as an advisor to a philanthropic non-profit organization called AXION. This organization was instrumental in raising over $500,000 for various charities such as the Children’s Hospital Cardiac Fund, Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, Hellenic Nursing Home, Philoxenia House and various other worthy causes.

One of her goals in the near future is to publish a book and the other is to expand internationally and create a stronger presence in the European marketplace.

  • The Boston Sunday Globe, “Search firms can be valuable for job seekers.”

  • BostonWorks chat, featuring President and CEO Mary Cleary discussing the benefits of using search firms and giving job hunting advice.

  • Ranked among the Top 25 Employment Agencies by the Boston Business Journal.

  • President and CEO Mary Cleary featured as a career expert on WB CH. 56 show hosted by Dixie Whatley, promoting the “virtual office concept.”

  • The Hellenic Voice, “Search Firm Predicts Economic Recovery.”

  • The Hellenic Voice, “HAWC Honors Mary Cleary at National Conference.”

  • The National Herald, personal interview with Mary Cleary, President and CEO, discussing her business achievements as well as her personal philanthropic contributions to society.

  • The Artists Foundation, highlighting the strong reputation of Cleary Consultants.